TV Star backs our UK poster campaign targeting men of National Service generation
19 March 2013 11:00
TV star Johnny Ball is backing a UK wide poster campaign by Blind Veterans UK as part of its No One Alone campaign.
TV star Johnny Ball is backing a UK wide poster campaign by Blind Veterans UK as part of its No One Alone campaign targetting men of the National Service generation (in their 70s and 80s) who are struggling with vision impairment and don't realise they are eligible for organisation's support.
Johnny Ball - a former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, is himself a National Service veteran and keen to help the charity spread the word among the thousands of other men who were also conscripted into the Armed Forces when they were young.
Johnny BalI said:" I am known as a broadcaster and Maths and Science enthuser, but I am also an armed forces veteran. I never forget that after a pretty disastrous education, it was my National Service call up in 1956 that changed the course of my life. I have always considered the RAF as being my "university", giving me confidence and belief in both myself and my ability.
I am much older now and luckily still in good health, but I am really pleased to hear of the Blind Veterans UK's No One Alone campaign, and to realise how the charity can help support veterans of the Armed Forces who have not been as fortunate as I. If you know of anyone who could benefit from the support of Blind Veterans UK then call 0800 389 7979."
Johnny Ball is an ambassader for the No One Alone campaign because like Blind Veterans UK he believes that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. If you know of anyone who might benefit from the charity's support which includes training, rehabiliation and holidays, then go to www.noonealone.org.uk or telephone freephone 0800 389 7979.
For media enquiries and interviews please contact Laura Luxton, Blind Veterans UK PR Manager on tel: 020 7616 7980 or out of office hours 07872 840117 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors
Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is a national charity that believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. It provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.
While the No One Alone campaign is aimed at all ex Armed Forces personnel with sight problems and their families, Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is particularly keen to reach the national service generation of men, who are in their 70s and 80s, trying to cope with a severe sight problem and unaware that their time in the forces, however brief or long ago, means they are eligible for the charity's free and comprehensive support.